- to distress with mental or bodily pain; trouble greatly or grievously: to be afflicted with arthritis.
- to overthrow; defeat.
- to humble.
Origin of afflict
Synonyms for afflict
Examples from the Web for unafflicted
Historical Examples of unafflicted
Unafflicted by any such desire, Harky stirred nervously and wondered at himself.The Duck-footed Hound
James Arthur Kjelgaard
Inattention of this nature is not the act of a Democrat unafflicted in mind.The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
This lasted about a fortnight, and made it hard for the unafflicted who had to do double guard duty.Ten years in the ranks, U.S. army
When angular and unafflicted in a nativity, she is the promissory pledge of great success in life and continual good fortune.Moon Lore
Phyllis had submitted eighteen samples, six of which were controls taken from healthy, unafflicted subjects.Mate in Two Moves
- (tr) to cause suffering or unhappiness to; distress greatly
Word Origin for afflict
late 14c., "to cast down," from Old French aflicter, from Latin afflictare "to damage, harass, torment," frequentative of affligere (past participle afflictus) "to dash down, overthrow," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + fligere (past participle flictus) "to strike," from PIE root *bhlig- "to strike" (cf. Greek phlibein "to press, crush," Czech blizna "scar," Welsh blif "catapult"). Transferred meaning of "trouble, distress," is first recorded 1530s. Related: Afflicted; afflicting.